Joseph Stiglitz Thinks We Should Ban Cryptocurrencies

Most people know who Joesph Stiglitz is. Some know him as the 2001 recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; others know him as a vocal cryptocurrency bear. This week, Stiglitz is getting a lot of attention for the latter. In a May 6 interview with CNBC, Stiglitz said we should shut down cryptocurrencies. Here’s everything we know. Joseph Stiglitz on Cryptocurrencies: The Latest This week, of course, is not the first time Joseph Stiglitz, 76, has discussed cryptocurrencies in a negative manner. Back in November 2017, Stiglitz…

Bitcoin ‘Highly Risky,’ Not a Real Currency: ECB’s Mario Draghi

By CCN: A student asked European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi about his stance on Bitcoin. Draghi told the student that cryptocurrencies are not currencies, but “highly risky” assets. Mario Draghi: “Who Is Behind the Cryptocurrencies?” Watch again: Mario Draghi answers a student’s question on cryptocurrencies #ECBYouthDialogue #GenerationEuro pic.twitter.com/5VmHr3sxNw — European Central Bank (@ecb) May 8, 2019 The central banker then raised questions about the origins of cryptocurrencies. “Bitcoins or anything like that are not really currencies, they are assets. A euro is a euro – today, tomorrow, in…

Bitstamp to Expand US Operations by Hiring Former Coinbase Exec Hunter Merghart

European crypto exchange Bitstamp has appointed a former Coinbase executive as head of United States operations, Finance Magnates reports on May 8. Bitstamp, an entrant of the top 50 crypto trading platforms by daily trading volume, has hired Hunter Merghart in a move to expand its operations in the U.S., following the recent acquisition of a virtual currency license from New York state’s financial regulator. Merghart will be based in New York and will focus on working with Bitstamps’ new and existing clients — particularly targeting institutional clients — the…

Bitcoin Price Retreats But Bull Case Intact Above $5.7K

View With prices holding above Tuesday’s low of $5,687, bitcoin remains on track for a break above $6,000. Acceptance below $5,687 would validate the bullish exhaustion signaled by a “shooting star” candle that formed Tuesday and could yield a deeper drop to the 30-day moving average (MA), currently at $5,333. The case for a deeper pullback would further strengthen if the current 3-day candle ends below $5,510. Bitcoin’s (BTC) bullish case is still intact after a pullback from 5.5-month highs, but prices must stay above key support at $5,700 to…

Bitstamp Hires Ex-Coinbase Trading Head to Court Wall Street Money

Bitstamp, one of the longest-running cryptocurrency exchanges, has hired a former Coinbase executive and Wall Street veteran as its new head of U.S. operations. Announced Wednesday, Hunter Merghart joined Bitstamp six months after quitting his job as the head of trading at San Francisco-based Coinbase in October. He will lead the opening of the Luxembourg-based exchange’s New York office — the company received a BitLicense from the state last month — and focus on serving institutional clients. Merghart is “the perfect person to lead our U.S. operations, which includes making sure our retail and…

Bitfinex Releases Official White Paper for $1 Billion Exchange Token Offering

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has released the official white paper for its $1 billion exchange token sale, revealing it will also launch a dedicated platform for projects to raise funds via similar initial exchange offerings (IEOs) starting from next month. Bitfinex published the white paper Wednesday, confirming recent reports that it’s aiming to raise up to $1 billion worth in the tether (USDT) stablecoin by selling its own exchange token, dubbed LEO, in a private sale. However, the white paper indicated the private sale will end on May 11, not the…

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Remains Strong Buy On Dips Despite Binance Hack

Bitcoin price traded to a new 2019 high above $5,950 and recently corrected lower against the US Dollar. The price declined below the $5,900 and $5,840 support levels, but it remained well bid. There was a break below a connecting bullish trend line with support near $5,840 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair is likely to climb higher once towards the $5,880 and $5,900 levels in the near term. Bitcoin price started a downside correction after testing $5,950-6,000 against the US Dollar.…